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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.

When tribal police officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they're concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor's disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back - and involved with Bernie's sister, Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and a onetime medicine man in training.

Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.

©2018 Anne Hillerman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jean
  • 17-06-2018

A Fun Trip to the Southwest

I was a big fan of Tony Hillerman’s books. When his daughter Anne, started writing, I began following her. She has big shoes to fill as Tony was a master storyteller. Anne has improved with each book which makes it fun to watch a writer grow. In this book Jim Chee is in Santa Fe at a training conference. Bernie Manuelito covers for a fellow officer to give a talk to a group of children on a camping trip. One of their leaders goes missing and Bernie is in for lots of work, danger and solving a mystery.

Hillerman does a great job in describing the scenery and Navaho customs and spiritual beliefs. To me, this makes the story much more enjoyable. The book is well written and the plot twists and weaves about. The suspense builds but there is also some humor tossed into the story. I cannot wait for the next book.

The book is a little over ten hours. Christina Delaine does an excellent job narrating the story. Delaine is an actress. She has won multiple Earphone Awards for her audiobook narrations.

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  • mouselicious
  • 30-05-2018

Delighted and Greatfull this series is thriving!

All I can say is AWESOME job, Anne! You kept the magic alive & thriving! Great storyline, educates, entertains and entrances. lovely epilogue to tie up the loose ends except why Mayfair put the datura in the cookies? I'm ready for the next in series!

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  • Sandy McMahon
  • 17-05-2018

Another Wonderful Hillerman Novel!

Anne Hillerman continues her father’s superb Manuelito, Chee and Leaphorn series of Navajo police mysteries. Taking the feminine perspective of Bernadette Manuelito, she adds extra personality and richness to her father’s stories. Highly respectful of Navajo culture and perspective, this book, like its predecessors, is a joy to experience.

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  • Mouse
  • 20-04-2018

Little man

This is a great book to listen to the speaker acts out each voice and really adds to the plot
The story is filled with different characters and plots for each solving The Who done it was challenging
This book is a fantastic addition to the series!

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  • Lynne
  • 19-06-2018

Anne Hillerman’s Father, Tony Hillerman, would be proud!

Anne Hillerman spins a story in the same wonderful color of words as her father did. I was so happy when I found her books, and thrilled when I read her first one.
The “Cave of Bones” continues to delight Leaphorn, Che, and Manuelito fans! Tony Hillerman would be so proud!

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  • Australian Shepherds Rock
  • 15-06-2018

Anne Hillerman's carries on loved characters <br />

Another excellent book by Anne Hillerman's. She understood her father's characters but has gone on to give them a unique voice and point of view. Each book is great! The narrator is also very good and she does a good job with the Navajo pattern of speech.

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  • Mary
  • 11-06-2018

Thank you

Thank you, Ms Hillerman for continuing your father's stories. You do a wonderful job of making the transition seamless. it is good to have our three friends back.

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  • Ruth D Cheruka
  • 16-05-2018

Tribal Beliefs and a Myster Combine to make a Great Read

I love reading the "Hillerman" books. They give you a real sense of the life style and beliefs of the various tribes, besides having well developed characters and story line.

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  • Sharon Lewis
  • 15-05-2018

Another fabulous novel by Anne hillerman

Loved it! I just can't get enough of Bernadette, Chee and Leaphorn. Each but keeps me on the edge of my chair until I finish it. the whole book you're trying to figure out who the bad guy is and it's never who you expect in the end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-2018

WOW

Absolutely spell binding! I could not put this down. I want to start on another book as soon as possible.